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15 hours ago, 4th and 5 said:

Because they are everywhere in my neighborhood shitting all over the place and eating everything except lantana

Because they fuck up my yard constantly. 

How is that preventable?

We must live in the same neighborhood.  Deer everywhere and dillos living under my neighbor's porch.  Though I don't mind the deer.

As for the dillos tearing up your yard, you probably have too many grubs.  

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Another thing about roaches is, I’m generally a pretty clean person. I always have been. My mom was crazy about how clean the house had to be growing up, and I never really understood how much I cared about cleanliness until I had filthy roommates. So anytime roaches come around, I feel like I’m doing something wrong, when in reality, those fuckers will show up just about anywhere. 
Also, is there really a difference between roaches and waterbugs? I feel like I rarely ever encounter smaller dark red looking roaches, but if I’m going to see them, it’s going to be the huge black ones. 
I used to think the same way but then a pest control guy explained it to me. He said the cockroaches are actually the little ones and they hang out in the filth. The waterbugs like water so you generally see them around pools, sewers and drains. As one other poster noted, they also like decaying vegetation so if you have organic mulch or a garden you'll have them too. They also tend to prefer more humid climates so seeing them further south is more likely.

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On 8/17/2019 at 9:35 PM, Whatever said:
On 8/11/2019 at 2:58 PM, youdunnf said:
Another thing about roaches is, I’m generally a pretty clean person. I always have been. My mom was crazy about how clean the house had to be growing up, and I never really understood how much I cared about cleanliness until I had filthy roommates. So anytime roaches come around, I feel like I’m doing something wrong, when in reality, those fuckers will show up just about anywhere. 
Also, is there really a difference between roaches and waterbugs? I feel like I rarely ever encounter smaller dark red looking roaches, but if I’m going to see them, it’s going to be the huge black ones. 

I used to think the same way but then a pest control guy explained it to me. He said the cockroaches are actually the little ones and they hang out in the filth. The waterbugs like water so you generally see them around pools, sewers and drains. As one other poster noted, they also like decaying vegetation so if you have organic mulch or a garden you'll have them too. They also tend to prefer more humid climates so seeing them further south is more likely.

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This guy knows his bugs. 

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Back in 2004, there was a female in my section that was deathly afraid of camel spiders. Those little fuckers are EVERYGODDAMNWHERE in the middle east, what with all the deserts and all... Anyway. I killed one that was crawling around our area while my female battle buddy was at chow. I then proceeded to stage it in a place that she could see it. It too her probably 15 or so minutes to see the thing. When she finally did, she flew out of her seat so fast and freaked out. We had a good laugh. When I get home, I'll see if I can find the picture I took after I set up the camel spider. I have it somewhere on my computer.

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Centipedes.  3 in the house in 15 years.  I’ve seriously contemplated cost of drywall repair if i have to shotgun one inside.

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Sorry it took me an extra day, here are the pics of the camel spider.

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This was how I set it up to look agressive.

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This was right after I killed it, guts hanging out its ass and all.

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I've known what "rattlesnakes" look like my whole damned life. Killed plenty of 'em in my day. Know which ones are not rattlers, too, and leave 'em alone, because that's just good garden management.  Here's a "rattlesnake":

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Only... now... I go to a nature center, and see one of THESE motherfuckers, and suddenly, I'm all like, "What the fuck?" That does NOT look like what I know a rattlesnake to look like.

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I've never been afraid of snakes, my whole life. That's suddenly changed, because I no longer know which ones are which.

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On 8/5/2019 at 10:10 AM, El Diablo said:

Aggressive ducks and geese. How do you fight a duck?

Not a Taylor High School fan I see.

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On 8/5/2019 at 10:10 AM, El Diablo said:

Aggressive ducks and geese. How do you fight a duck?

Not a Taylor High School fan I see.

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12 hours ago, Walden Ponderer said:

I've known what "rattlesnakes" look like my whole damned life. Killed plenty of 'em in my day. Know which ones are not rattlers, too, and leave 'em alone, because that's just good garden management.  Here's a "rattlesnake":

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Only... now... I go to a nature center, and see one of THESE motherfuckers, and suddenly, I'm all like, "What the fuck?" That does NOT look like what I know a rattlesnake to look like.

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I've never been afraid of snakes, my whole life. That's suddenly changed, because I no longer know which ones are which.

You are in NC right?  Well, I believe that's a timber rattler and that's about the only rattler you'll encounter up there instead of the multitudes of different, but generally diamondbacked, rattlers here.  Also, the rattle might tip you off.

The variation in copperheads and similarity to harmless snek is more problematic.

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Just now, TwiceHorn said:

The variation in copperheads and similarity to harmless snek is more problematic.

Actually, the first time I saw a timber rattler, it looked kinda like a copperhead to me. Then, it rattled. At which point, I was like, holy shit, I don't know diddly any more.

Everything's the wrong size, too. Squirrels are miniature; birds are gigantic; cats and dogs are living together. It's like Mother Nature put her usual recipes in the blender.

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59 minutes ago, Walden Ponderer said:

Actually, the first time I saw a timber rattler, it looked kinda like a copperhead to me. Then, it rattled. At which point, I was like, holy shit, I don't know diddly any more.

Everything's the wrong size, too. Squirrels are miniature; birds are gigantic; cats and dogs are living together. It's like Mother Nature put her usual recipes in the blender.

Them groundhogs what stand on the side of the road and count cars are kinda spooky too. 'Bout the size of a garden gnome. If you haven't seen one yet, you will. But you can bet they've seen you.

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(1) Yes, roaches because they're fast moving and filthy and can fly.  Worse than seeing a roach is hearing one fly in a dark room. The Horror.

(2) Yes, yellowjackets.  They WILL chase you in a swarm and sting repeatedly.  My buddy almost died from anaphylactic shock after bumping a ground hive in an old yard timber border thingie while mowing his yard.  Fuckers were all over him in a flash.  ER doc said 5 more minutes he'd have been a goner.  His wife's nagging saved him!

(2) These fuckers: (fuck me images no make)

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Devil's Horses a/k/a Lubbers.

The nasty Alien monster of herbivores.  Red wings, yellow bellues, pincer mouths, long legs lined with barbs, toxic spit juice . . . the stuff of nightmares.  IWhen I was 6 or 7 I earned a penny for each one I killed.  It wasn't worth it.  They haunt me to this day.  From the U of Florida Featured Creatures website:

"When alarmed, lubbers will spread their wings, hiss, and secrete foul-smelling froth from their spiracles. They can expel a fine spray of toxic chemicals for a distance of 15 cm."

 

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Whatever bastard is living in my garage and walking on my cars.  I set up rat traps but nothing yet. Going to put a camera in there now to hopefully see what I am dealing with.  

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I've got a good one for this thread - horses. Something about 'em I just don't trust, like they're waiting to kick the fuck out of me or bite me or something. They're shifty.

Have always felt that way, no idea why. No traumatic experience or anything. I've even ridden a horse a handful of times with no incident.

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Geese.  Ever since I was a kid growing up on a farm, and was attacked multiple times by a neighbor's guard goose, I've hated those bad boys.  Whenever I come upon some damn goose, I take a really, really wide berth.  Those dudes are mean and completely unpredictable.  

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Skunks.  I used to not mind them.  Actually thought they were kind of cool.

My dog has been sprayed three times in the last year.  Once one evening when he was out taking a leak, once quail hunting, once dove hunting.  

This past weekend, he cornered one on the patio five minutes after we pulled up to the ranch.  He avoided getting sprayed.  The griddle took the full brunt of this little guy's stink sack.  I scrubbed the concrete for 30 minutes with peroxide and dish soap.  The entire house and garage stunk Friday night.  We could still faintly smell it Monday when we left.  

I hate em now.  I'll shoot every one I see.

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On 8/8/2019 at 12:51 PM, ulukinatme said:

Chihuahuas.  They're just overgrown rats.  My wife has had one for 14 years and you can't teach that thing shit.  

You mis-spelled ex-wife.

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